I Woke Up Like This

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There have been surveys done which say that people treat you differently depending on how you wear your make-up… Really, are people that shallow? Well, yes apparently they are. Too little and they will think that you are ill, verging on a mental break down. Too much and people will assume that you are a predator man eater who will steal your husbands whilst you sleep, talk you down in meetings and kick little puppies when no one is looking. So natural is the look that everyone is after…perfect make- up which looks as if you, unlike all the other women in the world (except perhaps Angelina Jolie), you wake up fresh faced and radiating beauty.

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When I’m sleepy and before my second morning coffee I tend to not be a good judge as to how much make-up is too much. Do you ever get this? Blurred and closed lids means that I just can’t see the colors or the patches of non-rubbed in foundation and it is usually during lunch break when I walk into the ladies toilets when I get a nasty shock that I can truly see the artistic train wreck which I have painted. My optician told me to make sure I put “my contact lenses in before I did my make-up”, that way I would be able to apply it better. Apparently she assumed I did things the other way around. Needless to say the hint didn’t go a miss, so now my mirror is covered in smudges where I have got so close I bumped my head.

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So now today, tiered after a week of studying and late nights I decided to let loose with the powder, the mascara and the concealer…To balance it out I wore my “I woke up like this t-shirt”, to instill a subconscious message inside people’s minds that I did in fact wake up like that. This means that if my make-up is looking good, they will immediately think, wow this girl is radiant…and if my face looks like that of a dog being hit with a stick, then they will sympathize with looking rough and think that I am telling the truth or at very best see past it and notice my incredible sense of humor. If all else fails I’ll just walk around with my goofy Bob, because really who doesn’t like a square toothed, leiderhausen wearing Sponge.

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Finally, having been inspired by the Jean Paul Gaultier’s use of Union Jacks and styles, I decided to use this post to show case my mum’s car, the legendary MINI decked out with Sponge Bob and Union Jack pillows, which she lets my sister and I drive. This is to mark a series of upcoming posts about “Secret London”, the best little places in the city in which I am growing used to calling home. X

WEARING

I woke up like this t-shirt – AMAZON

Trucker hat in black  – OAKLEY

Black Peep- toe High Heel Ankle Boot – JANE NORMAN

White shorts

Sponge Bob Square Pants Pillow Accessory – Won at Local Fair – but don’t tell him, as he thinks we are related!

Jean Paul Gaultier Retrospective

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Two days ago I went to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition which is now on at the Barbican, the first major exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier.

Regulated by the Chabmre Syndcale de la Couture Parisienne, haute couture is shown exclusively in Paris. Couture houses must comply with specific requirements regarding how the garments are made, presented and sold. Unlike industrially produced pre-a-porter, couture is a fine craft in which one of a kind objects are the products of technical virtuosity. Everything involved in a couture garment must be accomplished hundreds of hours of work. Each element is undertaken by a specialist in the relevant craft, including tailors, embroiders and lace-makers among  many other. Even though it receives a great deal of media attention, rarely in the general public afforded a direct experience of haute couture.

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The 165 garments and costumes are undoubtedly more like works of art.

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Jean Paul Gaultier draws clear inspiration from uniforms to mermaids and the Madonna. The Breton stripe is a design staple for Gaultier and he routinely reworks variations of the stripes in both his haute couture and pret-a-porter collections. As well as the sailor jumper in which he was dressed from a young age, other sources of nautical inspiration cited by Gaultier include Coco Chanel and Popeye.

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I loved seeing the iconic “Bustiers” and the very famous Madonna cone bo as well as the one worn by Grace Jones James Bond.

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Jean Paul Gaultier was fascinated when he came to London in the 1960s by the Punk Style and fashion. Here as some of his interpretations of this alternative look. Loved the Union Jack Mohoc and Amy Winehouse manequin. Gaultier caused shock by using unconventional models for his exhibitions, like older men and full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This earned him both criticism and enormous popularity.

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Gaultier is fascinated by world cultures and countercultures, conceiving a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between cultures but also the sexes, redefining the idea of androgyny or subverting fashion codes. I loved the concept of one of the collections that of “skin deep beauty”

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My favorite collection was that of the Urban Jungle: Jumpsuits with parrot feather wings on the arms, crocodile leather ensemble, feather and beaded dresses. The use of different materials, medium and textures was so impressive and a real joy to see.

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If you get a chance you should definitely check out this collection at the Barbican and if can’t then I hope that this post has enabled you to see some of these amazing creations 🙂

Hippies and Flower Power

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For the past few days the sun has been coming out and life has been just that much more fun and love that much more beautiful. All the hipsters are sunbathing in the park, with short skirts, shorts and shades. To top things off I’ve just bought my tickets to the Holi Festival of Colours for this summer. Festival season is on the horizon, I’m super excitted. All the flowers are in full bloom. So it feels right, to celebrate all of this with some hippy chic.

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I’ve combined my tasseled  suede jacket and a handmade artisan bracelet from Tierra, with a white floral crochet dress. Quick, someone find me a tree to hug.

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Wearing

AX PARIS DRESS
FOREVER 21 SUEDE JACQUET
TIERRA MADRID HANDMADE BRACELET
GUESS SHOES
TRUSSARDI SUNGLASSES

Peace and Love x

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